What We Do

Our Work

Our donors and charities are at the heart of everything we do. As a leading and neutral convener, The Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) helps individual and corporate donors drive greater impact through effective giving to build a better future for all in Singapore. We endeavour to provide support where needed, improve quality of life through social support, culture, arts and sports, and enhance our living environment through green initiatives.

Drawing on over a decade of experience, CFS is a thought leader in strategic philanthropy. Together with leading organisations, we provide philanthropic advice for global family offices, investments by trusts and foundations, and legacy giving.

We constantly strive to expand our network with charities, government agencies, and researchers, keeping a close eye on emerging needs in the community and discovering meaningful funding opportunities to offer to our donors. We aim to amplify philanthropy and legacy through our partnerships with professional advisors and ambassadors.

Our Services

Philanthropy advisory

Leveraging CFS’s expertise in grantmaking, our philanthropy consultants will work with donors to identify funding opportunities.

Fund administration

CFS handles all the administration required in managing donors’ funds. Donors will also receive regular updates on their funds, allowing them to focus on their philanthropy.

Safeguarding grants

CFS ensures all grants are made with high levels of care and accountability, along with reporting on major grants.

Keeping donors engaged

CFS provides donors with opportunities to deepen their understanding of the local landscape in Singapore.

Our Funds

Donor-Advised Funds

CFS helps donors to set up a donor-advised fund (DAF) – a charitable fund account to which an individual or organisation can contribute, to support causes that they are passionate about.

A donor can choose to set up either a flow-through fund or endowment fund with us. Donations via a flow-through fund will be spent down in grantmaking, while the principal sum donated to an endowment fund is invested to generate an annual stream of income for grantmaking in perpetuity. To learn more about DAFs, please click here.

Community Impact Funds

Community Impact Funds (CIFs) are flagship programmes established by CFS in partnership with charities to address unmet needs or under-supported social issues in Singapore. CFS takes a ground-up approach to understand the needs of care recipients and outcomes they care about to ensure that they would truly benefit from these programmes.

A CIF is a pooled fund that anyone can support to raise awareness and funding for a particular cause. The Sayang Sayang Fund, set up in 2020, is our latest CIF. To learn more about CIFs, please click here.

Striving Ahead

Accelerating operational excellence and digital transformation

CFS has embarked on a journey to digitalise and optimise our operations and improve our services. The next phase will see us accelerating our plans across the organisation. These include streamlining our operations with a fully integrated system encompassing donor management, programmes and grant management, financial and data management to boost efficiency and data analysis by offering users a single source of data. We will also be implementing an enhanced risk and corporate governance framework to better manage risk and enable proactive management of policy and governance documentation.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

CFS plans to introduce more sustainable practices in different areas of our work and organisation. Operationally, CFS aims to reuse, reduce and recycle and better manage our paper and plastic consumption. We have also implemented a Daily Earth Hour. Externally, CFS will continue to engage charities to source for more programmes across the spectrum of Sustainable Development Goals for our donors. We will also include more sustainability considerations in our programme assessments, to ensure greater value creation over the longer term.

Deepening Charity Partnerships for Greater Impact

CFS’s Charities and Grants Team will deepen our charity partnerships to increase the range of impactful programmes that our donors can support. We will review our processes to enhance collaboration with charities in programme proposal submissions, grantmaking and reporting. An innovative framework will be established to assess and guide impact measurement in closer partnership with charities.

Building Momentum for Legacy Giving

Our Legacy Giving Initiative will continue to build momentum by engaging individuals and partners more deeply in the coming year. We will conduct targeted research to offer insights into our donor landscape while building formal alliances with professional advisors to strengthen partnerships. We will also set into motion plans to encourage Singaporeans to plan and make legacy gifts. Over the long term, CFS seeks to become a centre of expertise and thought leadership on legacy giving in the Singapore context.